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WhatsInTheBag Press is pleased to present The Broken Pulpit Poetry Extravaganza. The Broken Pulpit is a one-off, unique 2 day poetry extravaganza in Cleveland over the weekend of April 20 – 21. It will consist of a stage show Saturday night in Midtown Cleveland and then a poetry crawl on Sunday afternoon in the Tremont neighborhood.
A fabulous music and poetry stage show will start at 7:00pm Saturday April 20 at the renown, but underground hideaway, The Center for Rock Research. If you are already part of the in-crowd, you know where that is. But The Broken Pulpit is an opportunity to join the in-crowd and find out that the Center for Rock Research is at 1761 East 39th Street in Cleveland. New initiates will not have to perform the secret handshake to enter, nor pay any cover. IT IS A FREE EVENT! BYOB, but drinks and munchies will be sold to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank.
The show features poets from across the country and local to northeast Ohio and music from the robust percussion band Primal Rhythms and local rock favorite Morticia’s Chair. Readers include:
Lynn Alexander (Pittsburgh, PA)
Eric Alleman (Youngstown, OH)
Jeff Bowen (Cleveland, OH)
Miles Budimir (Cleveland, OH)
John Burroughs (Cleveland, OH)
Paul Corman Roberts (Oakland, CA)
Katie Daley (Cleveland, OH)
Bill Gainer (Sacramento, CA)
TM Gottl (Cleveland, OH)
Bill Howe (Cincinnati, OH)
Ray McNeice (Cleveland, OH)
Frank Prpic (Cleveland, OH)
Jason Ryberg (Kansas City, MO)
John Swain (Louisville, KY)
William Taylor Jr (San Francisco, CA)
Zarina Zabrisky (San Francisco, CA)
Eris Zion Venia (Cleveland, OH)
Day 2 of The Broken Pulpit is a never before seen in Cleveland event in its own right. 55 poets will read at 11 venues in the historical neighborhood of Tremont, arguably the poetic center of northeast Ohio. In restaurants, bars, and shops sprinkled across the neighborhood, poets will bring their art to one of the hottest and trendiest neighborhood in the city.
The readings are three sessions, 1:00pm around the Professor Ave/Jefferson Ave area, 2:30pm in the W. 11th St/Kenilworth Ave area, and at 4:00pm at the W. 14th St/Auburn Ave area. Three to Four venues will simultaneously have readings. Each venue in each session is strategically located so listeners can pop in and out of each one to hear their favorites or to experience new voices. At 5:00pm, there will be an afterparty at Prosperity Social Club,
The Crawl Schedule is as follows:
Session 1 (1:00pm-2:00pm) Professor Ave/Jefferson Ave
Edison’s Pub- 2373 Professor Ave.
Paul Duda Gallery- 2342 Professor Ave.
Doubting Thomas Gallery- 856 Jefferson Ave.
Flying Monkey Pub- 819 Jefferson Ave.
Session 2 (2:30pm-3:30pm) W. 11th St/Kenilworth Ave
Studio Le Beau Salon- 2360 W. 11th St.
Studio 11 Yoga- 2337 W. 11th St.
Visible Voice Books- 1023 Kenilworth Ave.
Session 3 (4:00pm-5:00pm) W. 14th St/Auburn Ave
Lava Lounge- 1307 Auburn Ave.
Grumpy’s Café- 2621 W. 14th St.
Lincoln Park Pub- 2609 W. 14th St.
Jewel Heart Buddhist Center- 2670 W. 14th St.
Afterparty (5:00pm – close)
Prosperity Social Club- 1109 Starkweather Ave.
Come to all, come to some, but come to this history making Cleveland event. Clevelanders rock the poetry during April, National Poetry Month, and we invited the nation to rock with us and they accepted. Don’t miss it.
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